Drinkers warned to stay in control

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REVELLERS are being urged to stay in control while out enjoying themselves in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Pubs, restaurants and clubs are expected to be busy over the next two weekends with people out with colleagues, family and friends.

And while police are keen to ensure everyone enjoys themselves, they are warning those who may go too far that they will face action.

Advice is being issues as part of the forcewide personal safety campaign – ‘stay in control of your night’.

Extra police patrols will be out in the busiest areas of the county – from Bedlington to Berwick – to ensure the safety of revellers and nip any potential problems in the bud.

Officers will be visiting pubs and bars and offering assistance to licensees and bar staff in dealing with any problematic customers and are also encouraging people to ensure their safety by preplanning how they will get home after nights out.

Northumberland Area Command Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This is a busy time of year for the area and the vast majority of people are in good spirits and just want to enjoy themselves with friends and family.

“Sometimes people have too much to drink and make themselves vulnerable to either becoming the victim or the perpetrator of a crime and get involved in situations they ordinarily wouldn’t when sober.

“No one wants to see their Christmas or New Year celebrations ruined or spend their holidays in a police cell – so we’re urging people to come out and enjoy themselves but make sure they stay in control by drinking in moderation and avoiding conflict.

“We want everyone in Northumberland to have an enjoyable and safe Christmas and New Year and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that happens.”